Teammate

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In a Magic multiplayer game between teams, a player's teammates are the other players on their team. The most popular sanctioned multiplayer format that has players on teams is Two-Headed Giant.

Cards referencing a player's teammates have appeared in the Unglued, Unstable, Future Sight, and most notably, Battlebond expansions.

The first cards to reference a teammate came in Unglued, relegated to silver-border, as the rules didn't yet support the concept. Imperial Mask, from Future Sight[1], was the only one to exist in black border for 9 years, until the release of the surge mechanic in Oath of the Gatewatch. A Two-Headed Giant-focused supplementary set Battlebond was released on June 8, 2018, featuring 14 cards referencing either teams or teammates.

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (September 25, 2020—Zendikar Rising)

Teammate
In a multiplayer game between teams, a player’s teammates are the other players on their team. See rule 102.3.

From the Comprehensive Rules (September 25, 2020—Zendikar Rising)

  • 102.3. In a multiplayer game between teams, a player’s teammates are the other players on their team, and the player’s opponents are all players not on their team.

In Professional play, many Magic players also work with a team of some sort, to brew new decks and playtest[2] them.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater (August 10, 2020). "Back to the Future Sight, Part 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Gavin Verhey (November 16, 2017). "Getting Ahead". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.